Before being asked to join Impulse Group, Michael Eisman’s initial perception of the organization was pretty negative. “They were essentially a party planning committee in my view.” It was a criticism that had been echoed by other advocates for men’s health and HIV services. But Impulse Group has grown and changed since its early days. The organization now produces short educational films, hosts community forums on issues important to the health and lives of gay and bisexual men and is working hard to change the way our community talks about HIV.
What is the mission of Impulse Group?
Impulse is an HIV prevention and advocacy group that targets groups and demographics less likely to be receptive to traditional messaging. Of course, this is not a direct quote from our mission statement but rather what our mission is to me.
Why did you decide to get involved with Impulse, and what is your role?
In April I was approached by the vice president of Impulse, Kevin Pakdivichit, about coming on board to help develop educational material and advise on ways to strengthen Impulse's advocacy material. In the last year, Impulse has been focused on changing the perception that it was a party planning group. I had previously worked with another advocacy group, and Kevin knew that I had an interest in the science side of advocacy. Since then my role has evolved multiple times to include event planning and campaign development, and I still dabble in developing educational material. My current title is Director of Community Outreach.